UK OSPAs 2022 Judges
- Les Allan – Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO)
- Alex Carmichael – Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB)
- Oliver Curran – Security Commonwealth (SyC)
- Mark Death – International Professional Security Association (IPSA)
- Letitia Emeana – ASIS UK
- Rachel Fleri – British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
- Steven Gardner – British Security Industry Association (BSIA)
- Mike Hurst – International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO UK)
- Paul Jeffrey – Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA)
- Richard Jenkins – National Security inspectorate (NSI)
- Rob Kennedy CSyP FSyl – The Security Institute (Syl)
- Avril Kidd – ATM Industry Association (ATMIA)
- Jayne King – Security Commonwealth (SyC)
- Connie Mathisen – Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS)
- Ronnie Megaughin – Security Industry Authority (SIA)
- Paul Nicholls – ATM Industry Association (ATMIA)
- Elizabeth Palicza – Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO)
- Don Randall MBE – The Register of Chartered Security Professionals (CSyP) / City of London Crime Prevention Association (CoLCPA)
- Gregory Robertson – ASIS UK
- Michelle Russell – Security Industry Authority (SIA)
- David Scott – Skills for Security
- Sarb Sembhi – Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
- Emma Shaw – The Defence Industry Security Association (DISA)
- Elizabeth Sheldon – Aerospace, Defence and Security (ADS)
- Deborah Stuart – International Professional Security Association (IPSA)
- Richard Sumner – Association of Security Consultants (ASC)
- Andy Williams – TINYg
- Geoff Zeidler – Police and Security Group (PaS)
With 44 years’ experience in police, government, and senior safety and security roles, Les is an inspirational director and thought influencer. He is currently serving as Director of SafeGuarding Services at Heriot-Watt University, with campuses worldwide. He is current Chairman of AUCSO and an IFPO Advisory Board member.
Les helps spread best practice across the university sector, creating strategic alliances, contributing to professional journals, and encouraging collaboration with government and law enforcement agencies. Les champions the use of innovative technology to enhance the reach of university security, which has led to multiple security industry awards and global recognition (Security & Fire Excellence Awards winners 2018 and 2019. OSPAs Winner 2019. THE Awards Asia 2020 Finalists).
In the IFSEC Global Top Influencers in Security & Fire 2020 Security Rankings, Les was ranked as #2 Security Influencer. He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and panelist in global leadership webinars.
In 2015, Alex Carmichael took over from Geoff Tate as the chief executive of SSAIB – the UK and Ireland’s leading certification body for organisations providing security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems and manned services – which now has some 1800 registered firms.
Alex joined SSAIB from the British Security Industry Association (BSIA,) where he was director of technical services and exports. His duties on various UK and European committees are helped by his strong technical background and close working relationship with a variety of industry organisations.
Oliver Curran BSc (Hons) has worked in the Security Industry for over 25 years, initially in the corporate sector and has spent the last 12 years working as a Security Manager at UCL (University College London). UCL is the largest University in the UK with over 48,000 students from over 150 countries, studying in over 280 buildings with a 24/7 Security workforce of over 300 staff.
Oliver is the Vice Chairman at AUCSO (Association of University Chief Security Officers) which is the leading organisation for security professionals working in higher and further education around the world and has representation in over 24 countries around the world.
Oliver is also a Board Member for the Security Commonwealth, which is an umbrella organisation of independent membership bodies across the security industry which come together for the common interest and promotion of professionalism, good practice and information sharing to enhance UK security.
Mark is a security consultant with extensive experience within Physical Security management.
With over 20 years’ experience, Mark has worked with global organisations ensuring that their physical security requirements are not only met, but are regularly assessed, keeping clients informed of latest advances in physical security management and working with them through deployment.
As a board Director of the International Professional Security Association (IPSA), Mark volunteers his time with the association in contributing to the professionalism of the private security industry and participates in committees to review British security standards such as BS7499 for manned guarding and BS7858 for security employment screening.
Mark is highly regarded by his peers as dedicated and hardworking, with an internal drive to deliver excellence.
Outside of work, Mark likes spending time outdoors exploring new locations on long walks with his wife and dog.
Letitia Emeana has been active in security since 2001. She qualified with her ASIS PSP in December 2007, IT Governance CISMP 2014 and ASIS CPP in 2017. Letitia is a multi-disciplinary security professional and leader with significant experience in Security Design, Security Technology and Security Implementation. Letitia is the Global Security Capability Manager at Unilever and held previous Leadership positions at Tesla, Amazon and Lloyds Banking Group. She is a passionate advocate for Diversity in its broadest sense and was core to the establishment of Women’s Security groups in Amazon, Tesla and Unilever.
Letitia’s background in global security gives her a broad appreciation of the multifaceted elements for supplier capability, corporate thinking, changing threats and new technologies. She is also able to connect this with the latest thinking on coaching, facilitation and innovation to maximise the success of capability. She brings enthusiasm and motivation to a team, whilst being very much a servant leader with diversity rooted in her DNA. She enjoys learning from others and sharing thoughts on improvements by harnessing these strengths.
Rachel Fleri started her security company in 2001. She entered the industry from a background of teaching and the pharmaceutical sales, bringing with her alternative perspectives. She has continued as the owner/managing director of Specialist Security Co since its’ inception 20yrs ago.
The company has grown to become the leading privately owned suppliers of quality security services in Wales. Rachel drives a strong, inclusive culture and a desire to raise standards within the Security Industry.
The company has been a member of the BSIA for over 10 years and Rachel currently sits as Vice Chair of the Association’s SOS Committee. Rachel is a strong supporter of the SIA and currently leads their regional network forum for ACS companies.
Steven Gardner M.ISRM M.IPSA is the OCS Group Limited Global Head of Security who joined the OCS security division in 2007, following a 15 year career as Worldwide Project Manager of an implementation consultancy. His role encompasses all aspects of security excellence from manned guarding to electronic security and identifying innovative solutions which can be adopted across the organisation.
Having completed his studies in criminology, Steve’s former role focused on regulation, compliance and excellence in security across many industries including Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Leisure and Events, FMCG and large manufacturing sites.
As Global Head of Security he is often invited to present on innovation, security strategies and development of standards, together with contributing articles for security publications. His compliance background ensures OCS have developed a close working relationship with many industry bodies including BSIA, CSSC, NSI, & the SIA. Steve is also a Thought Leader with PRCI, the UK based security research organisation and represents the security industry in many organisations including: BSIA, BSI, SIA, Revo and many others.
Mike Hurst CPP® has been active in the Security and Fire Sector for over 30 years and is Director of HJA Consult. Through his professional and volunteer leadership experience, he has developed an excellent international network of senior security professionals, many of whom have become personal friends. He has recruited across the industry, specialising in mid to senior positions. He has spoken and been on panels at GSX, ASIS Europe and other international events. He is joint founder of AllSecurityEvents.com the listing site and since 2017, he is the joint organiser of the National Association for Healthcare Security Annual Conference.
He has extensive volunteer leadership experience with The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO), ASIS International and The Security Institute. He is the Executive Director of IFPO UK & Ireland.
Paul Jeffrey is a founder Director of the Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA) serving as its Chairman for the last 2 years. He has a background of over 27 years in vehicle access control and hostile vehicle mitigation and ran one of the first business to start vehicle impact testing in the UK.
As part of his PSSA remit, Paul has been involved with improving quality levels within the physical security industry and driving better communication between all stakeholders in perimeter security and event protection.
Richard Jenkins was appointed in March 2014 as CEO at NSI – National Security Inspectorate. As a specialist certification body it maintains a register of over 1800 Approved Companies with NSI Gold approval the most widely recognised and highest benchmark of approval in the Security Systems, Guarding Services and Fire Safety sectors. Integrating Quality Management (BS EN ISO 9001) with Product/Services standards and codes of practice and NSI quality schedules, NSI Gold is a unique approach realising synergies for approved companies – and maximising inspection regime focus – in the delivery of the highest standards of security and safety in practise.
Richard’s experience – a multi-disciplined career in the private sector in the UK and EMEA., including sales, retail and wholesale distribution, manufacturing and international logistics and systems, with organisations including IKEA, Chubb, Steelcase and Caterpillar, has brought a strong service ethos, with determination to deliver transparency and clarity, in the firm interest of supporting high standards of professionalism and competence in the sector.
Rob is a Director of the Security Institute and physical security adviser within the Government Security Centre- People and Physical (GSCPP) which is part of the Home Office supporting the ‘Transforming Government Security’ (TGS) programme. The TGS programme is tasked with raising the standard of security across government. Rob’s career started as a security officer, he has worked across most sectors of the industry and held strategic positions within both the private and public sector.
Rob holds both a Batchelors and Masters degree in Security & Risk Management from the University of Leicester and achieved Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) status in March 2020. Rob is passionate about raising standards across the industry and applies his experience and knowledge to provide influence and impact to enable this.
Avril Kidd is the Global Product Manager for Endpoint Software Security for ATMs at NCR. Avril has 35 years of experience working for NCR. She was a software engineer for 10 years before moving into product management, where she has worked on software security since 2009.
Avril sits on the NCR Security Council whose mission it is to help customers understand how to protect their ATMs from attackers; her expertise is on ATM Cyber attacks.
Jayne King joined the NHS in 1991 and has extensive experience in managing both in house and outsourced Healthcare Security Services. She is the Head of Security and Site Services at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, which is one of the largest and oldest hospitals in the UK. One of Jayne’s key priorities is the building of partnerships and community working within the security sector and the promotion of the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strategy within the security industry. Jayne is an Accredited Security Management Specialist (ASMS), a Fellow of the Security Institute (FSyI), President of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and the current Chair of the Security Commonwealth (SyCom).
Prior to her NHS career, Jayne spent 9 years in the Royal Air Force assigned to both National and NATO Forces.
Connie is the International and Government Engagement Manager for the Security and Resilience Sector in ADS. ADS is a trade association representing over 1,100 companies in the aerospace, space, defence and security sectors. In her role she is responsible for the international engagement and market programme. As part of her role, she is also seconded into the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) in the Homeland Security Department in the UK Home Office working closely with Government stakeholders.
Connie started her career in the security sector as a crisis management analyst in Goldman Sachs. Before Goldman Sachs, Connie completed an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations at Kingston University and a postgraduate degree in Intelligence and International Security at King’s College London.
Connie is also a volunteer for Women in International Security and is involved with the New Professionals Forum for the security, defence, aerospace and space sectors.
Ronnie is currently Head of Compliance and Inspections in the Security Industry Authority (SIA). He joined the SIA in 2019 as the Regional Manager for Scotland & Northern Ireland and was promoted to his current position in October 2020. Ronnie has responsibility for the management and leadership of an efficient and effective compliance, investigation, and inspection function, including leading a team of remote based workers across the UK. Ronnie is also heavily involved in the SIA’s ongoing collaboration with external partners and government departments in relation to the recommendations of the Manchester Arena Inquiry and the proposed Protect Duty.
Prior to joining the SIA, Ronnie served for 30 years in policing in Scotland including a 5 year term with the Scottish Crime & Drug Enforcement Agency. He retired from Police Scotland in 2019 having attained the rank of Superintendent.
Away from work Ronnie is an avid cyclist, skier and improving golfer.
Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the ATM industry having held a wide variety of roles with both manufacturers and organisations that deploy ATMs.
Currently Director of Business Development at Oberthur Cash Protection, the leading global supplier of intelligent banknote neutralization systems to the financial, retail and cash in transit industries. This provides the ideal opportunity to see how criminals are forever changing their attack methodologies as well as a direct involvement in the new measures being introduced to combat crime.
Paul is a longstanding member of the British Standards Institute and CEN committees for secure storage; an active member of the ATM Industry Association, ATMIA, sitting on various committees associated with ATM security.
Elizabeth is currently Head of Security and Estates Customer Services, at London South Bank University. In July 2021 she joins University of the Arts London, as Security Manager, where she will focus on emergency planning and delivering customer focused positive security culture.
She began work at LSBU in 2010 as Security Systems Manager managing the University’s Security Office and security systems then promoted to her current role. In 2016 she also took on the management of the University’s switchboard, service desk and room booking departments. She is responsible for the delivery of a safe and secure campus environment for all stakeholders; ensuring exceptional customer service is delivered by all her teams. Elizabeth previously worked at The City University London as part of the security team for 4 years, leaving as Security Systems Coordinator.
In 2016 she formed the first AUCSO Diversity Group and in 2017 became AUCSO Secretary.
Don Randall served with the City of London Police from 1969-1995, with specific emphasis on fraud and counter terrorism. Following 13 years at JPMorgan Chase as Managing Director, he joined the Bank of England in 2008 and was appointed the Bank’s first Chief Information Security Officer in 2013.
Don is chairman of the ‘Sister Banks’, City of London Crime Prevention Association and ‘Project Griffin’ and a member of the City of London Crime Disorder Reduction Panel. He is also a member of the London First Security Advisory Board, Executive Member of the London Resilience Board, Chairman of the London Resilience Business Sector Panel and Co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Cross Sector Safety & Security Communications initiative.
Don is a Fellow of the Security Institute and a Chartered Security Professional. He has also served as an external lay member of the City of London Police Committee.
In 2007, Don was awarded an MBE for services to law enforcement for the harmonisation of the public/private sectors. He was presented with a Security Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Security Profession in 2013 and in 2015 was a recipient of the International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Commendation Medal. In 2018 he received the UK OSPAs Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Security Institute.
Don is currently a Senior Security Advisor to several major firms engaged in the following areas: cyber security, legal and regulatory, physical and technical security, international close protection, pre-employment screening, risk management, counter-terrorism, trans-national criminal activities, asset recovery and fraud investigations.
Greg has been involved in various aspects of the security industry for over 20 years. He has worked at senior levels as a consultant, or directly, with oil and gas, construction, maritime and finance companies, and with governments. Much of his work has been conducted in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Currently Greg is the Europe and Asia Security Director at a Canadian Bank.
Greg has been a long term member of ASIS and is currently the UK Chapter Secretary. He was previously the ASIS Chapter Secretary for Egypt and the ARVP for North Africa. He has held the CPP certification since 2007 and is also a Fellow of the Security Institute.
Education has been key to Greg’s performance and he is an avid supporter of encouraging further education for anyone involved in security, regardless of their role, or background. He believes that everyone should have a fair chance to advance, and that further education contributes to achieving higher performance.
Michelle Russell joined the SIA as Director of Partnership and Interventions in January 2020.
She joined the SIA from the Charity Commission where she was the Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement for over 5 years, leading its investigations, monitoring and enforcement work, its specialist outreach programmes and accountancy functions strategies on counter-terrorism, fraud and financial abuse, and safeguarding. Michelle joins us with experience of having sat on a number of cross government and sector groups, particularly on terrorism and serious crime issues. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School and spoken on governance, charity regulation and compliance issues nationally, at the UN and other government forums internationally.
She first joined the Charity Commission in 2002 as a lawyer and held various legal and senior management positions there. Michelle also worked as a qualified solicitor in private practice.
David’s passion lies in the development and improvement of training within the fire and security industry. As a past apprentice himself, he is driven by his love for the industry that provided him with so many opportunities to grow and develop. With a determination to give something back, David’s career goal is to raise apprenticeship participation, employer engagement in training and continuously drive industry improvements by raising the standard of training delivered throughout the United Kingdom.
Over the last 8 years David has been employed by New College Lanarkshire with a remit to drive continuous improvement in their apprenticeship programme. After a successful number of years lecturing, David was promoted to Curriculum & Quality Manager in 2016, where he was responsible for the curriculum strategy, development & delivery to over 450 students, with the line management responsibility of 20 staff across a mixed curriculum of Carpentry & Joinery, Built Environment and Electronic Fire & Security sectors. David’s passion was instrumental in New College Lanarkshire’s rise in becoming the largest provider of the fire and security apprenticeship programme in the UK, with 200 apprentices enrolled. Since then, New College Lanarkshire have had huge success at national events, with 12 placed winners at the security excellence awards over 8 years.
David’s commitment to the industry is evident; he regularly attends key industry events across the UK to deliver engaging and promotional talks to industry about training.
Qualified to degree level in both Teaching and Management, David is an advocate of self-development and continuous improvement, and has recently become an accredited chartered manager with the CMI.
Sarb is the CTO & CISO at Virtually Informed, and has previously been a CTO & CISO for the Noord Group. He has previous worked as a consultant covering most issues in risk and security. Sarb’s contributions to the industry include the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Defence and Security Committee and its Cybersecurity working group. Other contributions include: Past President of the ISACA London Chapter, Chair of ISACA International GRA Region 3 Sub-Committee, Chair of ISACA International GRA Committee, ISSA UK Advisory Group member, InfoSecurity Magazine Editorial Group member. Sarb has also served on several Security Standards Groups, and continues to write for several publications and speak at risk and security events around the world.
Emma is the founder and Managing Director of Esoteric Ltd, a well-established Electronic Bug Sweeping, Counter-Espionage and Intelligence gathering company based in Surrey, UK. An MBA graduate, and a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) Emma’s early career was spent with the Royal Military Police, followed by a career in the Ministry of Defence.
She is a Vice President of the Security Institute, having previously been Chairman (2013 to 2015); Board Director of the Defence Industry Security Association (DISA) and council member for City and Security Resilience Networks (CSARN).
She is a Non-Executive Director of Kings Security Group Solutions Ltd, and Falanx Group Ltd, an AIM listed geopolitical and intelligence company. In 2012, Emma won the Security Consultant of the Year at the Security Excellence Awards.
Elizabeth has extensive experience working in the security sector. Her achievements include; being Executive Director of Evidence Talks Ltd, winning the National First Woman of Science & Technology 2017, winning 2 Milton Keynes (MK) Women leaders Awards 2016 for Science & Technology & Business Services, being Vice President of Security for A|D|S Aerospace, Defence and Security industry of the UK and being the Chairman of the Security Sector Board.
She is also a Member of the Security & Resilience Growth Partnership, a Past Chairman of the Covert Technical Supplier Forum of the UK, Advisory board member of Women in International Security and a Member of MK Business Leaders.
She is currently mentoring 3 start-up companies in MK and is a joint organiser for the STEM festival in MK. She is a committee member for Women in STEM and Professional Development with MK Council, a past committee member of F3 – First Forensic Forum of the UK and was previously Co-Founder and Board Director for Biztech in Milton Keynes.
Richard Sumner has 32 years of security experience, he founded RS Security Consultants in 2020, an independent consultancy. He has lectured in Security at colleges and held Director status at three security organisations.
Richard achieved Finalist status in 2019 at the Mike Cahalane, Independent Security Consultant category at the ASC awards, he also made Finalist in 2020 for ‘Outstanding Security Consultant with the OSPA’s and went on to win both awards in 2020 and 2021 respectively, a huge accolade in the industry.
Richard prides himself on his attention to detail and the bespoke solutions he provides for each individual project, personally project managing with inclusive client engagement on every scheme. He works with large-scale organisations and has designed major projects such as Media City and the Manchester Co-op arena. He is delighted to have recently joined the board at the Association of Security Consultants.
Richard is honoured to judge at the OSPA’s 2022 and wishes all the nominees the best of luck for this prestigious award.
Andy Williams JP FRSA FSyI F.ISRM is Deputy Group Chairman and Director of TINYg, the international counter terrorism information sharing network.
Now in his fifth decade in law enforcement and security management, Andy spends a large proportion of time volunteering as a security profession mentor and as a magistrate. He was formally Chairman of the UK Chapter and Regional Vice President of ASIS international, Middle Warden of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and a member of the Validation Board of the Security Institute. He is also a member of several security related advisory councils.
Andy is a regular presenter at international security conferences, has written several articles for security publications and has been interviewed on television in relation to security issues.
Geoff Zeidler studied Engineering at Cambridge and then worked in strategic consulting at Bain & Co, and Investment Banking at Robert Fleming & Co where he ran the Defence, Industry and Technology team. In 1997 he joined Spirent plc as the Director of Business Development to lead transformation into a TeleComs group through acquisitions; and then ran the Europe and Wireless Divisions. He left in 2005 and worked as Interim Strategy Director at De La Rue before being appointed the Commercial Director for the Forensic Science Service working closely with the police and Home Office.
In 2008 Geoff was appointed Country President of Securitas in the UK & Ireland and following re-invigoration of the business lead the acquisitions and integration of Reliance and Chubb which quadrupled the size of the company to create the UK’s second largest manned guarding business. In 2013, he returned to an advisory career assisting companies in the Business Services; Technology; Justice and Security markets to grow; either through transactions as a Partner in Wyvern Partners; or an advisor/investor as Director of GZC. He Chairs the Police & Security Initiative with the National Police Chiefs Council on behalf of the BSIA.
As a non-Executive he was Chairman of the BSIA from 2012-14; and is currently Deputy Chairman of the SIA (ALB regulator of the Security Industry) and Chairman of Kings Solutions Group Ltd.